Cross-Language Information Access on the Web: A Tool to Help Learning Foreign Languages
Akira Maeda, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lugano, Switzerland ISBN 978-1-880094-53-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
For people who are learning foreign languages, the World Wide Web is indisputably a huge amount of learning resources. It can be used as a text corpus, a dictionary, and even a concordance. Web search engines provide various search options to help learning foreign languages, e.g. phrase search can be used to find idioms. However, existing Web search engines do not have a capability to search across languages. Cross-Language Information Retrieval (CLIR) technique is a solution to this problem. With this technique, a user can put a query in his/her native language, and retrieves documents written in other language(s). It is particularly useful for learners of foreign language. In this paper, we propose a practical approach to realize CLIR of Web documents by using an existing machine-readable dictionary and an existing Web search engine. In the experiments, we show that our method achieves reasonable retrieval effectiveness.
Maeda, A. (2004). Cross-Language Information Access on the Web: A Tool to Help Learning Foreign Languages. In L. Cantoni & C. McLoughlin (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2004--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 5449-5454). Lugano, Switzerland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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